ANT-2 Lecture Notes - Lecture 21: Kinship Terminology, Incest, Fetus

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6 Jun 2020
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Studying kinship: from formal analysis to kinship in action. Anthropologists in the first half of the twentieth century focused on finding out who, in particular culture is related to whom and in what way. Would use this info to construct a kinship diagram. Schematic way of presenting the kinship relationships of an individual, called ego using a set of symbols to depict all the kin relations of ego. Today anthro"s focus on human"s experiences of mating, birth and nurturance. Schematic way of presenting a family tree, constructed by beginning with the earliest ancestors that can be traced, then working down to the present. Thus a genealogy does not begin with ego. The words people use to refer to kin. Early anthropologists classified the cross-cultural variety in kinship terminology into six basic types. Kinship systems are linked to a culture"s beliefs about relationships, reproduction, residence, and marital practices. Formally: as in kin that are considered.

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